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28-08-2011, 00:55   #16
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A technical difference to most. But, point accepted. Charlie was not a hurricane.
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If we had cold upper level temperatures, would it be possible for a tropical system to retain tropical (or subtropical) characteristics over ireland, because the contrast between the uppers would make our 14c water act like a tropical source?
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Heres one to BUMP

25th anniversery
Wow, 25 years. I was very young at the time but I do remember it, not so much for the weather but just for the phrases I was hearing people say. For some reason the words "tail end of hurricane charley" are etched in my mind, aswell as the humour of the name ( because of charlie haughey), even though I was too young to understand that.
Ha, ha... I was 8 at the time and don't remember much about the actual conditions but the phrase "tail end of hurricane Charley" is etched in my memory for ever!!
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82 to 86, absolutely cracking years for weather events in Ireland. So glad I witnessed them.
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31-08-2011, 23:04   #20
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Satellite image of 'Hurricane' Charlie taken at 0353utc 26th August 1986:

(Satellite C/O Dundee Satellite Receiving Station)

Slow moving active occlusion hovering over Ireland with low centered over Wales.

Rainfall and MSLP analysis (0000utc 26th August 1986)

(Image C/O Wetter3de)

Cetainly is easy to see how the eastern half bore the brunt on the 26th with strong to gale force northeast winds driving the worst of the rain into these regions.
(SE winds on the 25th, south bore brunt)
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considering the current events, I think it might be worth reviving this zombie.
I seem to recall it as one of the most destructive storms up to then and probably since, with 5 deaths in Ireland and huge number of trees down.

I know memories become distorted but it was bad enough that I remember it was the only time my dad boarded up some of our windows he thought they were going to blow in.

If anyone has any other hard stats.

Seems like it easily beat what MetEireann are describing yesterday as one of the worst storms (in whose memory?)
158kph is well below 178kph

More details I found here

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'Hurricane' Charlie was as notable for the large amounts of rain it brought as for high winds. The likes of the Annamoe Bridge being swept away was a function of rainfall.
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The really nostalgic part of this thread is the '56k unfriendly' bit in the title!!!
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The really nostalgic part of this thread is the '56k unfriendly' bit in the title!!!
Ah, the DUN old days. Everyone's friends now. Except the weather
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